With Halloween behind us, it’s time for a reality check: The “holidays” are officially staring us in the face.
Yes, there’s still lots of time to think about Christmas pageants, Hanukkah parties, singing nuns and Nutcracker performances. In the meantime, there’s still time to embrace fall – it is, after all, technically fall until Dec. 21.
This week sees two heavy-hitting jazz players coming to town. Whitworth University’s Jazz Ensemble, directed by trumpeter Dan Keberle, is bringing Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter this weekend for its 25th annual Guest Jazz Artist concert. Potter has played extensively with Dave Holland and Paul Motian, recorded with Pat Metheny and Steely Dan, and earned praise for the 17 albums he’s recorded as a band leader.
Potter will give a free jazz clinic Friday night on the Whitworth campus, and will perform a concert on Saturday at the Fox with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble.
Another Grammy-nominated jazz player, pianist Judy Carmichael, will be at the Bing Crosby Theater on Thursday. Carmichael specialized in “stride” piano – a form in which the pianist plays the bass line with the left hand – and swing jazz. As a young player, she worked summers as Disneyland, playing Ragtime piano. Through connections she made there, she met jazz legends Sarah Vaughn and Count Basie, who nicknamed her “Stride.”
She’s been a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and hosts her own public radio show, “Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired.” Her latest album, released in May, is “I Love Being Here With You.”
Nothing like a little hot jazz for a cool fall night.